Château de la Soujeole
Gérard Bertrand took over operation of this château in 2012. He was captivated by the exceptional terroir located in the Malepère appellation. The wines of Château La Soujeole boast amazing characteristics. Blended with predominantly Cabernet Franc and Merlot, these wines are the synthesis between the style of the grands crus of the South-West and the harmonious Languedoc terroirs.
Gérard Bertrand took over operations at Château de La Soujeole in 2012, captivated by the exceptional terroir and by the special climate which favours Cabernet Franc, the dominant grape in the vineyard. Located in the Malepère appellation, bordered to the west by Castelnaudary, to the east by Carcassonne and to the south by Limoux, Chateau de La Soujeole has the advantage of a Mediterranean climate with strong oceanic humidity from the west, giving this area an unusual ecology renowned among botanists, combining plants and shrubs of varying species – both Mediterranean and oceanic. The name Soujeole means “little stream” and was the name given to a small rivulet which fed an old natural flood barrier. The family which built the property then took the name in the 18th century. With this eighth property, Gérard Bertrand wants to promote the as-yet unknown great terroirs of the Languedoc, including the Malepère appellation. This vineyard’s wines have exceptional character. Blended with predominantly Cabernet Franc and Merlot, they are the synthesis between the style of the grands crus of the South-West and the harmonious Languedoc terroirs.
If Chateau La Soujeole was a colour: green or brown to reflect the surrounding forests and woods.
If Chateau La Soujeole was a person: an aristocrat from Bordeaux
A damp climate influenced by the oceanic hills. Situated in a halfway zone, the oceanic rains are tempered by the influences of the Mediterranean. Malepère soil is based on Molasse de Castelnaudary, with alternating layers of sandstone, puddingstone and shale.
AREA OF VINES
Winegrowing here dates back several centuries and the grape varieties are more like those of Bordeaux: Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc.